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OKC Thunder to pay luxury tax for third consecutive season

The Thunder will pay a projected $2.5 million this season for being over the luxury tax line, ESPN's Bobby Marks reported Wednesday

Team salaries are now frozen for tax purposes, according to Marks. 

The Thunder's team salary ($133.8 million) is above the luxury tax level for the third consecutive season, but this year's bill is a sharp drop from the $61.6 million Oklahoma City owed last season. 

The Trail Blazers, Heat and Timberwolves join the Thunder in being over the luxury tax, but the four teams will combine to commit just $11.9 million, Marks projected. That's the lowest amount since the tax was introduced in 2002-03. 

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A view of the Oklahoma City Thunder logo during a game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Thunder at the American Airlines Center (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

A view of the Oklahoma City Thunder logo during a game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Thunder at the American Airlines Center (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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